raninator84 (3) - beavercreek, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2009
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A finer Imperial Stout? I know not!
2009 Bottle poured into a thick walled Chalice. Oh how the Czars would envy me.
Pours a deep black profuse sludge as if the Dark Lord himself has awakened from a slumber of centuries past. Already I can smell the scent of deep roasted malts, coffee, smoked embers, and nutmeg. The lacing clinging to the walls of my glass, but sliding ever so smoothly into the depths of midnight, where light ceases and something a bit abnormal begins. The first sip; smooth, chewy and thick. Perhaps this Lord of Darkness plays well with others? A robust hit of roasted chocolate careens my palate confused as to what it wishes to unleash next. A rush of sweet molasses and plum forces its boldness upon my senses. As the ferocity of the sip hits my palate a hint of nutmeg and cherries sneaks in through the back with hops infused in the grain. A strong but short burst of burnt and smoked woodiness ends atop the alcohol, clearly there can be no more. But the taste lingers and finally rests into a roasted smoked chocolate embrace. It’s enough to want to follow the Dark Lord into the underbelly, into the darkside, into the grave. And after sampling the elixir of this Demigod, I must pledge my loyalty to he who is the master of the blackest of nights, the overseer of the underworld of sludge, and the purveyor of all that is "not normal". To the Dark Lord.
gregwilsonstl (1364) - Missouri, USA - JUL 3, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2015 2014 vintage. Ummm amazing. Lives up to hype. Thx chris. Super sweet. Honey/molasses. Some raisens. A lot of chocolate. Lasts on the palate. Sticky. Coffee. Coats glass. Tasted at chris’ ultimate bottle share.
madelfonatree (84) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark Lord 2015 drank June 27, 2015
Look - Not surprisingly the thickest, blackest looking beer I’ve had. Thin head with aggressive pour. Tan head. No lacing.
Smell - Alcohol. Chocolate. Coffee. Raisins. Bacon.
Taste - Chocolate, tootsie roll, coffee hit hard followed by toffee and raisin. Alcohol is there but we’ll balanced throughout. Raisin after taste.
Feel - Viscous. Heavy. Sticky but smooth.
Overall - My first Dark Lord. I’ll make it a birthday tradition. The 15% is not as scary as I thought it would be.
DrunkSanta410 (586) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2015
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2015 bottle, at home. Only black pour, nice brown head that fades to a lace. Aroma is light chocolate, coffee, smooth a bit of faint fruitiness. Taste is smooth chocolate, espresso, lightly sweet with a bit of chocolatey bitterness. Very smooth, hides the alcohol. Smooth body, thick and syrupy, medium carbonation. Very good.
biggsbowler (520) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - Pours dark black. Nose is sweet, chocolate, boozy, slight coffee. Taste is sweet, fudgy, lots of booze, dark fruits, slight anise.
mstrcrwly (647) - New York, USA - JUN 19, 2015
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
2012 bottle poured into a snifter..jet black with a thin light brown head..aroma of booze,coffee...heard this was not the best batch..don’t know if that’s true or not but there was definitely some diacetyl infiltration..drain pour..will rate again when I open 2015 bottle very soon.
Cosmo6644 (84) - Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Weekend bottle share, big chocolate and coffee aroma, taste is huge chocolate and hop profile, really nice
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GRM (3277) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown bottle, 650 ml, 2011 vintage, trade with rfraga (thank you!), savoured on June 14 2015; eye: black, opaque, tiny ring of brown head, slight lacing; nose: roasted barley, molasses, slight burnt barley, slight spent grains, anise, light vanilla, light coffee; mouth: roasted barley, molasses, light burnt barley, anise, light vanilla, alcohol, alcohol warmth, light pepper, light bittering hops, light coffee, malt, malty finale with good presence of molasses, medium body, slightly below-average carbonation, mildly sweet, silky texture; overall: quite good
Bouteille brune, 650 ml, millésime 2011, échange avec rfraga (thank you!), savourée le 14 juin 2015; œil : noire, opaque, petit anneau de mousse brune, très légère dentelle; nez : orge torréfiée, mélasse, très léger orge brûlée, très léger drèche, anis, léger vanille, léger café; bouche : orge torréfiée, mélasse, léger orge brûlée, anis, léger vanille, alcool, chaleur d’alcool, léger poivre, léger houblon amérisant, léger café, malt, finale maltée avec bonne présence de mélasse, corps moyen, carbonatation un peu sous la moyenne, moyennement sucrée, texture soyeuse; en résumé : bien bon
Angerhops (18) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUN 11, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black color. Vanilla, dark fruits, roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. SLightly bitter aftertaste, but sweetness dominates. A bit overrated.
Triplem160 (8) - - JUN 9, 2015 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the few stouts I enjoy. Very thick and very sweet. Has a definite taste of raisins. A must have if you’re a craft beer lover.
obguthr (4538) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUN 7, 2015
3.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2011: Molasses, horehound, soy sauce, charred oak, walnut nose. Black, headless. Very sweet molasses and soy sauce, walnut also present but in a much lesser degree. Earthier upon warming. Full body, easy carbonation. Well....this was a beer I never thought I’d get to try. It’s likely more expensive than I’m willing to pay and not a style I seek out specifically. Still it’s considered one of the best beers in the world. Luck smiled upon me and I find myself with a bottle. How disappointed I am! Maybe it has been cellared too long but this was a cloying mess. It’s not as boozy as I feared, and it has tons of complexity, but it’s far too sweet for my tastes, devoid of balance. Maybe it’s better fresh, but thios didn’t do it for me. My rating is generous.